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1226 King Louis VIII of France died.

Edmund Halley1656 Astronomer Edmund Halley was born.

John Milton1674 Poet John Milton died.

William Penn1682 William Penn arrived in Pennsylvania.

Benjamin Franklin1731 Benjamin Franklin opened the first library in the North American colonies, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1833 A train derailed at Hightstown, New Jersey, killing 2 persons.

1836 Businessman Milton Bradley was born.

1837 Mount Holyoke Seminary for Women opened.

1847 Author Bram Stoker was born.

1861 The USS San Jacinto captured two Confederate diplomats from the British mail steamer Trent.

Sarah Bernhardt1880 Sarah Bernhardt made her American debut.
Edwin Drake1880 Edwin Laurentine Drake, driller of the first commercially successful oil well in the world, died.

Doc Holliday1887 "Wild West" figure John Henry "Doc" Holliday died.

Montana1889 Montana became the 41st state.

1893 Historian Francis Parkman died.

Wilhelm Rontgen1895 Wilhelm Konrad Röntgen discovered x-rays.

1900 Novelist Margaret Mitchell was born.

Mary Ann Ball Bickerdyke1901 Mary Ann Ball Bickerdyke, American Civil War nurse and veterans' advocate, died.

1910 Women in Washington were given the right to vote in state elections.

1915 An Austrian-Hungarian submarine torpedoed and sank the Italian liner Ancona, killing more than 200 persons.

1920 Actress Esther Rolle was born.

1922 Christiaan Barnard, heart transplant pioneer, was born.

1923 Adolf Hitler staged the "Beer Hall Putsch" in Munich.
Jack St. Clair Kilby1923 Jack St. Clair Kilby, inventor of the integrated circuit, was born.

1927 Singer Patti Page was born.

1931 Television journalist Morley Safer was born.

1933 The Civil Works Administration was created.
King Mohammed Nadir Khan of Afghanistan was assassinated.

Edward G. Gibson1936 Astronaut Edward G. Gibson was born.

Operation Torch1942 Allied forces landed in North Africa, launching Operation Torch.

1945 A riverboat sank off Hong Kong, killing 1,550 persons.

1947 Singer Minnie Riperton was born.

1949 Singer Bonnie Raitt was born.

1950 The first ever aerial combat between jet fighters took place over Korea.

President Velasco1961 Ecuadorian President José Maria Velasco Ibarra was forced to resign.
1961 A chartered airliner crashed and burned near Richmond, Virginia, killing 81 persons.
1961 Singer Leif Garrett was born.

1965 An American Airlines Boeing 727 crashed near Cincinnati, Ohio, during a storm, killing 58 persons.
The British Indian Ocean Territory was formed.
"Days of Our Lives" premiered on NBC-TV.

1966 Edward W. Brooke became the first black to be popularly elected to the U.S. Senate.
Chef Gordon Ramsay was born.

1978 Artist Norman Rockwell died.

1980 Voyager 1 discovered Saturn's 15th moon.

2011 Cartoonist Bil Keane died.

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